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pretoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is both noeble and necessary. we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen. how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding, the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke to the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people an
. >> reporter: mara, good morning. good morning, everyone. we've evacuated our folks out of benghazi to tripoli. in tripoli the embassy is at bare bones emergency staff only, as authorities fear more violence throughout the region. more demonstrations overnight. more tear gas. more rocks thrown at police. so far, more than 200 have been injured in protests at 11 u.s. compounds. and despite a call for calm by egypt's president, there's concern about more violence today after friday prayer. >> we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the fbi is sending a team from new york to germany, then benghazi, to investigate. libya announced four arrests in the deaths of four americans and said they're looking for more. >> we have to protect our people. we have to protect the americans. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton identified the two security guards who were killed. >> they were good and brave men. they were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of libya. >> reporter: in washington and on the
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: was the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya spontaneous or did terrorists use a protest over an anti-islamic film as cover? >> opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya. >> reporter: libya's interim president says it was coordinated, but not by libyans. >> it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country few months ago. >> reporter: libyan officials say they've rounded up dozens of suspects. the fbi is hoping to deliver a definitive answer on what happened, but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi because it's still too dangerous. the waves of anti-american protests from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing, but critics of current u.s. policy say the protests are not the problem, they're a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem, we are going to make a serious mistake. >> reporter: isra
have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, the libyan president said, no, in fact, al qaeda was behind this attack. and then days later, after ambassador rice is on this program and other programs, the president's spokesman jay carney says this. it is, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. well, if it was self-evident, why didn't the president call this exactly what it was, an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11? >> well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. information was being provided realtime. obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. and as ambassado
, that deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, where four americans died, evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. >> they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: much else remains unanswered or under dispute. was al qaeda involved? >> we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have had connections to al qaeda. >> reporter: was the attack planned like the libyan government insists or was it spontaneous like u.s. intelligence officials believe? >> i just don't think that people come to protest equipped with rpgs and other heavy weapons. >> we are conducting interviews, gathering evidence, and trying to sort out the facts. >> reporter: as investigators sort out the facts, the families of those men killed are laying their loved ones to rest. scenes of sadness republican senator susan collins says could have been prevented had the consulate been better protected. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security. >> reporter: one of the many factors under evaluation as the u.s. tri
. >> reporter: in benghazi, the birthplace of libya's revolution, thousands took to the streets demanding dozens of the country's militias be dismantled. >> we have to make just one army in libya. >> reporter: what began as a peaceful protest ended in a clash with armed groups that came to dominate the city in response to the september 11 attack of the u.s. consulate that killed four americans, they stormed a group they claim was involved in the assault. within hours protesters in the compound forced militia members to flee. at least 11 protesters were killed and dozens injured in clashes. cnn reports it found a copy of ambassador stevens's personal journal after the attack and that stevens wrote about how he feared for his life in the newly liberated country. his step-father tells nbc news tonight the report that he, quote, feared for his life, didn't sound like something he would write. american embassies remain on high alert in the wake of protests over the anti-islam film posted on youtube this month. in pakistan the death toll rose to more than 20 today. violent clashes between police and p
from washington. he was killed in an attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi last week. >> he was not the type of diplomat to sit in the office and attend receptions and just be a formal person. he was a man of the people. >> i'm perfectly aware that there was danger. there was danger almost every place he went. >> reporter: stevens' mother said she learn long ago not to worry. she said her son inherited his curious and outgoing nature from his grandfather and was on the go from the start. in fact, trips to the park kept her on her toes. >> chris would take off, cross toward the street. i would run out and get him and bring him back and he would take off in the other direction and i would run off and get him. he was a really active little guy. he wasn't always -- and just kind of, you know, busy. >> and he didn't stop. he studied abroad in high school and college. and did a stint in the peace corps before ultimately taking on a career in the foreign service. the east bay remained home and ties to his family stayed strong. >> he was a great big brother. he watched over his brot
. >> the u.s. diplomat who loved libya but who was murdered there, his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. there's no video that justifies an attack on the embassy. >> there was no sympathy from the president, but calls for a deeper look into the causes of anti-u.s. muslim rioting and demanded muslim leaders do more now. >> it is time to marginalize those who even when not directly resorting to violence use hatred of america or the west or israel as the central organizing principle of politics. >> reporter: iran's president ahmadinejad yesterday called for elimination of israel. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: netanyahu publicly pushed mr. obama to threaten force against iran. he didn't. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy. and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york say not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we ca
the hunt is on for those responsible for deadly attack at a u.s. consulate there. eamonn is in benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveill
around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and there is political fallout as well. mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. he's in cairo for us once again. richard, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, from tahrir square. this the iconic place that became the scene of massive demonstrations from the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob a
made in connection with tuesday's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we're in tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country. they're not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly attack. what we do know is that according to libyan officials, some of the individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protests which the officials hearsay was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simply an outburst or spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s. but rather a coordinated planned attack exploited by a militant group perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. he's in tripoli for us with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03 now. here's david. >> savannah, thank you. the violent anti-american demonstrations are not letting up in
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a preplanned act of terrorism directed at the american citizens. >> what is your evidence that it was a preplanned act of terrorism? >> number one is choosing the date. 11th of september has all the significance. if we take the facts about the way it was executed, you can see there's enough proof that it is a preplanned act of terrorism. >> describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details about this, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means that the perpetrators must have some kind of exercise on how to launch these rockets. >> you're confirming that rpg's were used in the initial attack. >> the attack. and mortars. >> mortars were used in the subsequent attack. >> subsequent, yes. >> and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five, i think. >> and you're saying that these were fired with such accuracy -- >> yes. >> -- that this could not have been done with someone without experience? >> experience and kne
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